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Indian trashed, jailed in Qatar for joining work late

Rights groups accuse Qatar of abusive labor laws (File)

A 25-year-old man from Hyderabad, who was working as a driver in Qatar capital Doha, was allegedly beaten up by his employer for joining work late after a leave, according to Indian media.

The employer allegedly lodged a false complaint against Mohammed Imran Ali Khan, a resident of Jahanuma in Phool Bagh area, for damaging his car, according to an Indianexpress report.

Doha Police arrested Khan on the night of December 2 and he is in their custody since then, his father Mohammed Yousuf Ali Khan said on Wednesday. Imran had started working for the Qatar citizen in April 2014. He had returned home a week before

Qatar is home to 630,000 Indian nationals, the single largest group of migrants in the country of 2 million. Many work in low paid construction jobs, building stadiums and other infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.

Rights groups accuse Qatar of abusive labor laws and forcing migrants to work under poor safety conditions. Unions and labor protests are banned, and authorities penalize dissent with jail or deportation.

Amnesty International in March said migrants faced abuses that in some cases amounted to forced labor. Workers reported squalid living conditions, having their salaries withheld for months and their passports confiscated by employers.

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Last Update: Thursday, 7 December 2017 KSA 11:40 - GMT 08:40
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